For the past five years Anderson University students have been sprucing up the city through the Operation Foundation program.
Jennie McMullen, a student at AU and director of Operation Foundation, said 325 students volunteered this month to pick up trash, rake leaves, paint, mend fences and clean up the hiking and biking trails.
Mayor Kevin Smith presented the students with a Community Service Award on Wednesday.
“The program started in 2007 when a student saw a need in Anderson,” McMullen said. “Where she was from there was an Operation Foundation program and she wanted to bring it to Anderson.”
She said the program is meant to create a relationship between the city and Anderson University.
“We believe in the city,” she said. “We see what the city can be again.”
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Anderson University is a private Christian university in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God (Anderson, Ind.), Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.